Escondido, CA
Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy
65°F
 

Letter to the Editor: WORDING OF INITIATIVES PLAYS IMPORTANT ROLE DURING ELECTION

Editor, Times-Advocate:

Kudos to the editor on his Aug 13 editorial “ Gutting Prop 13.”

He addressed a subtlety so poignant in California politics, namely, the “role” of wording on an approved state ballot initiative at election time.

In California it is the attorney general who composes the wording or labeling of the ballot measures which have been proposed by the voting populace in a hard worked petition effort.

For example, in 2010 the Attorney General Kamala Harris ultimately constructed the title of the California Pension Reform initiative. According to Mr. Goodman, opinion writers across the state, castigated Harris, a Democrat, who was backed by public employee unions in her narrow 2010 election victory. My source here is an article by Josh Goodman , in Stateline.org,  March 9 2012 .

MICHAEL RICHMAN, Escondido

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *